You’ve been framed! New milestone for Woodley’s new Bulmershe leisure centre

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Students from The Bulmershe School and Addington School, Cllr John Halsall, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, and Wokingham Borough Council representatives on the Bulmershe Leisure Centre site in Woodley Picture: Stewart Turkington

YOU CAN’T blame the neighbours for being nosy … and the council can be congratulated for indulging their curiosity.

Earlier this week, pupils from The Bulmershe School and Addington School were able to visit the new leisure centre that they can see from their classroom windows.

The steel frame for the £14 million leisure centre is now being installed – when the work is completed it will house a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool with movable floor, a bigger gym plus a ‘live well’ (long-term condition) gym, a four-court sports hall, and an additional studio and café.

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Students from The Bulmershe School and Addington School, Cllr John Halsall, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, and Wokingham Borough Council representatives on the Bulmershe Leisure Centre site in Woodley Picture: Stewart Turkington

Wokingham Borough Council said that it is being designed to benefit the whole community with accessible and flexible facilities, and preventative health services.

“This is always the exciting point in a project like this, because this is when you start to see it take shape,” said Cllr John Halsall, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, who joined the students at the site along with representatives from the borough council.

“With the steel frame now going up, you will see a lot of changes quickly on the site. As well as the frame, which should be up by this summer, we’ve also started on the new pool.”

The new centre is due to open next summer and be run by the council’s partner Places Leisure.

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